Director: ‘Les Mis’ a great success

Director: ‘Les Mis’ a great success

GLEN RIDGE, NJ — The Gas Lamp Teen Players were shooting high in their most recent musical production, the epic “Les Misérables,” based on the Victor Hugo novel. According to one of its co-directors, Kristy Graves, they hit a bull’s eye. “It was unbelievable,” she said in a telephone interview this past Monday. “They went […]

AileyDance Kids residency culminates with SOPAC grand finale

AileyDance Kids residency culminates with SOPAC grand finale

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange Performing Arts Center, in partnership with The Ailey Organization’s Arts In Education & Community Program, facilitated a 16-week AileyDance Kids residency culminating with a grand finale performance on Feb. 6. Students from South Orange and Maplewood middle schools performed on the SOPAC stage, launching the school district’s observance of […]

WOCC celebrates town and its people

Parisi touts 2018 successes, looks ahead to 2019 in State of Town Address

WOCC celebrates town and its people

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual breakfast Feb. 6, celebrating local businesses and Mayor Robert Parisi’s State of the Town Address. The Employee of the Year Award was presented to Michael and Giuseppe Elifani, and the Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Rich and Linda Rizzolo. […]

‘Every Day People’ in village offices

Maplewood artist exhibits her people-centric paintings, highlights diversity

‘Every Day People’ in village offices

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — At its opening on Feb. 7, “Every Day People: The Art of Cathleen McCoy Bristol” became the first exhibit to be displayed in the South Orange Village offices, and 18 paintings by the Maplewood artist now line the hallway. Each piece features people, some real, some from Bristol’s imagination and some […]

County congratulates Ironbound Community Corp. on 50th anniversary

County congratulates Ironbound Community Corp. on 50th anniversary

NEWARK, NJ — Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo Jr., third from right, presented a proclamation to the Ironbound Community Corp. congratulating the organization on its 50th anniversary. Receiving the proclamation are members of the ICC staff, from left, Rosa Chalquillo, Jesus Romero, Jessica Valladolid, Irenes Arce, Hazel Applewhite, Nancy Zak, Jay W. Walker, Executive Director […]

Irvington hosts grand opening of new Planet Fitness

Irvington hosts grand opening of new Planet Fitness

IRVINGTON, NJ — When the new Planet Fitness in the Valley Plaza Mall had its grand opening and ribbon-cutting on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the site of the former Valley Fair shopping center on Chancellor Avenue, Mayor Tony Vauss and Genia Philip, the township’s director of Economic Development and Grants Oversight, were in attendance, as […]

Township Committee introduces Toomey’s redevelopment plan

Township Committee introduces Toomey’s redevelopment plan

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — On Feb. 5, the Maplewood Township Committee unanimously voted to introduce an ordinance to adopt the redevelopment plan for 104 Baker St., the former site of Toomey’s Automotive. The redevelopment plan, created by planner Paul Grygiel of Phillips Preiss Grygiel Planning and Real Estate Consultants LLC, has gone through several revisions following […]

Record-breaking low crime stats unveiled in East Orange

Record-breaking low crime stats unveiled in East Orange

EAST ORANGE, NJ — East Orange Mayor Ted Green, Public Safety Director Dominick Saldida and police Chief Phyllis Bindi hosted a press conference outside City Hall on Tuesday, Feb. 5, to announce the city’s new crime statistics. The press conference was the first one without Public Safety liaison Jose Cordero, who Green hired last year […]